Crest Ink - Volume 31 - Number 02

Retirements in Abundance

Tim Wittenauer, Nick Sterling, Carol Murphy, Gisela Belmonte, Ben Fichter, Karen Yardley & Austin Tornow

Judy Barrett

Al Hess

Over the last three months, Crest Foods has seen the retirement of five long time employees. These five employees have spent a total of 101 years at Crest Foods! We wish each of them well as they find their new ‘normal’ as a retired person. After 20 years, Gisela Belmonte, first shift Sanitation, decided to hang up her wash cloth and put down her bucket. Gisela will be remembered for her meticulous cleaning of equipment sent to the equipment storage area. This was equipment being taken out of service for a short time, or a long time, but when Gisela was done, there wasn’t a spot she had not touched. “Over the years, we received many compliments from customers or other visitors on the incredible detail that Gisela put into the cleaning of the equipment as it went into storage” said Gisela’s supervisor, Karen Yardley. Thank you Gisela for your years of service to Crest Foods! Judy Barrett, a thirty two year veteran of Crest Foods, first started working in Production. Over the early years she was versatile enough that the Production Department would loan her out to the Scheduling Department to fill in from time to time. Finally, in 2005, Judy became full time in Scheduling. Now that Judy is retired, she intends to find more time to work in her yard, read books and spend time with family. We wish Judy the best in her retirment. Sanitation lost another valued employee to retirement and that was Ruby Krueger. Ruby found her way here when an acquaintance told her about a new position open at Crest Foods and that was basic janitorial and housekeeping. Ruby left her job at a local convenience store/gas station and has spent the last 13 years working in Sanitation on second shift. Their loss was our gain! Ruby likes to spend time with her dogs and her family. Ruby, enjoy your retirement! Debbie Noon, first shift Production, is planning to spend time in warm places and with family when she retired in February after 17.5 years. Deb spent her career here at Crest Foods in the Production area. At one time or another Deb’s husband and two children also worked at Crest Foods so it was truly a family affair. Deb enjoys horses and has a passion for chronicling the lives of her grandchildren by making photo journals of their times together. We wish Deb and her family the best as she and her husband, who is also retired, find their new found time to explore new places. And lastly, Al Hess, first shift Floor Supervisor, decided to turn off his headset and pick up his golf clubs. When Al started working at Crest Foods in 2000, he worked in the Ingredient Division. A fun fact that many do not know, Al owned the Conover Bakery in Oregon for a long time before coming to Crest Foods! He sold the bakery and a few weeks later he was coaching soccer with Mark McWethy (MIS Director) who suggested Al come to Crest

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